Saturday, 15 January 2011 15:57
The Philippine National Police (PNP) will be recruiting 8,000 policemen this year as part of its continuing efforts to beef up its ranks to provide better service to the public.
PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo assured that stringent recruitment procedures will be observed by the PNP leadership to have only the “cream of the crop” in the police ranks amid controversies presently hounding the PNP after the involvement of some of its personnel in criminal cases in various parts of the country.
The PNP chief particularly ordered strict compliance to the neuro-psyhiatric examinations and drug tests among possible recruits.
Bacalzo also vowed to ensure that only those who have not committed any criminal offense should be considered in the recruitment.
PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said 5,000 recruits would fill up vacancies in various police regional offices (PROs) while the remaining 3,000 will be distributed to all units nationwide.
The PNP Directorate for Personnel and Resource Management (DPRM) is handling the recruitment process for the first 5,000 cops scheduled in the first semester while the rest in the second semester.
Bacalzo ordered the review of the PNP recruitment process to ensure that no scalawags could enter the police service as he noted that low-ranking personnel or those officers who have laterally entered the service were involved in recent criminal cases.